The Superintendent Leadership Quality Standard (SLQS) is newly developed and aligns with the Teaching Quality Standard and Leadership Quality Standard. On September 1, 2019, the standard will come into effect and will apply to all superintendents and chief deputy superintendents.
This Superintendent Leadership Quality Standard identifies seven competencies superintendents are required to demonstrate in their professional practice:
1. Building Effective Relationships
2. Modeling Commitment to Professional Learning
3. Visionary Leadership
4. Leading Learning
5. Ensuring First Nations, Metis and Inuit Education for All Students
6. School Authority Operations and Resources
7. Supporting Effective Governance
Each competency in the standard includes several indicators designed to provide illustrative examples of competent superintendent leadership practice.
Just as the Teaching Quality Standard governs teacher certification, and the Leadership Quality Standard will govern principal certification, so the Superintendent Leadership Quality Standard will govern superintendent certification. After September 1, 2019, superintendents will be required to hold superintendent leadership certification.
Only those superintendents of schools appointed by the Minister will be required to hold a superintendent leadership certificate. Teachers working as deputy superintendents will not be required to hold superintendent leadership certification to work in their positions, but will be expected to meet the Superintendent Leadership Quality Standard.
Prior to September 1, 2019, teachers in a superintendent or school jurisdiction leader role in the 2018/19 school year may acquire their superintendent leadership certification in one of two ways:
Note that to receive the superintendent leadership certificate, applicants will also need to meet the additional requirements of superintendents in the Superintendent of Schools Regulation, including holding a Masters degree. Education credentials can be updated at any time in TWINS and may require the ordering of transcripts.
The one-time in-service training opportunities are being developed and provided through a collaborative effort by the Alberta Teachers’ Association (ATA), College of Alberta School Superintendents (CASS), and Association of Independent Schools & College in Alberta (AISCA). Alberta Education will be supporting this learning opportunity, and there will be no registration costs for individuals to attend.
Details about the availability of in-service training will be provided early in 2019.
School authorities are responsible for identifying those eligible for both pathways to certification. Leaders are responsible for registration with TWINS self-service prior to applying for certification.
NOTE: Any Alberta certificated teacher that is interested in acquiring superintendent leadership certification should ensure they update their information in TWINS. Those who are eligible for grandparented certificates will be contacted through TWINS directly alerting them that they can apply for their superintendent leadership certificate.
In-service training opportunities are being provided in coordination with the Alberta Teachers’ Association (ATA), College of Alberta School Superintendents (CASS), and Association of Independent Schools & College in Alberta (AISCA). Details about the availability of in-service training will be provided early in 2019. Those interested in superintendent leadership certification will need to complete both the standard leadership in-service training designed for school leaders, as well as a dedicated superintendent leadership training.
After September 1, 2019, teachers new to the superintendent role or those aspiring to the superintendent role will be able to acquire both the leadership and superintendent leadership certification through the completion of approved leadership training programs offered by one of Alberta’s post-secondary institutions. Alberta Education is supporting Alberta’s post-secondaries in developing this superintendent leadership development programming, which will support the growth of our next generation of school authority leaders. More details about these programs will be announced in spring and summer of 2019.
Newly hired superintendents who have not yet obtained superintendent leadership certification will still be able to take up superintendent roles. However, they will be expected to complete the required programming leading to certification within a reasonable period of time.
Teachers will be able to complete the superintendent leadership program at any time, including prior to taking a superintendent position. They must meet all the requirements of a leadership certificate – including holding both a permanent teaching certificate, a leadership certificate, and a Masters degree – before they will be granted a superintendent leadership certificate.
More information about superintendent leadership certification will be made available over the next several months.